Con­grat­u­la­tions stu­dent achievers of 2010

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION - By LOUISE UP­STON


IT was an hon­our to at­tend both For­est View High School and Toko­roa High School se­nior prize­giv­ings.

I al­ways em­brace op­por­tu­ni­ties to cel­e­brate the suc­cesses of young New Zealan­ders.

It was es­pe­cially heart-warm­ing to see Taupo Youth MP Tay-Jana Brown re­ceive sev­eral prizes af­ter a busy year at For­est View High School.

As a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment ed­u­ca­tion is my pri­or­ity.

The Na­tional Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that our young peo­ple are at the fore­front of a grow­ing econ­omy.

If we are to achieve eco­nomic growth and pros­per­ity we must make high qual­ity in­vest­ment in New Zealand’s youth. Our Govern­ment is work­ing hard to en­sure that ev­ery­one has ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion, from the an­nounce­ment of our Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion task­force up to our 16,500 ex­tra ter­tiary places for school leavers.

This in­cludes 2500 places next year for Youth Guar­an­tee for 16 and 17 year olds to have free train­ing at places like poly­tech­nics and wananga.

Through­out New Zealand there will also be a fur­ther 3000 univer- sity places cre­ated over the next two years.

Teach­ers, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties make a con­sid­er­able con­tri­bu­tion to the achieve­ment of young peo­ple through ed­u­ca­tion, sport and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and can all take pride in see­ing young peo­ple re­warded for their hard work.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all who have ended their school ca­reer proud of their achieve­ments and I wish all the best to stu­dents com­plet­ing ex­ams over the next few weeks.

My South Waikato of­fice has changed open­ing hours.

My of­fice, above the Postshop on Bridge Street, is now open Mon­day 12pm to 5pm, Tues­day and Fri­day 9.30am to 5pm.

Ap­point­ments can be made by con­tact­ing Vi­vian. We have a meet­ing room on the ground floor if stairs are a chal­lenge.

Please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact my of­fice on 07 886 5554 or up­ston. sth­waikato@ par­lia­ment. if you have any is­sues you would like to dis­cuss.

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